Kylie and Jason weekend (and childhood memories of aforementioned)

Last night I saw Jason Donavon and Monday. I’m seeing Kylie Minogue.

I can remember singing Too many broken hearts 💔 on my fisher price radio.

Fisher price radio

It is apparently 30years since, Especially for you was out, so I would have been 5 at the time. I think it is more like, when I was 6/7 years old that I became aware of Kylie, when someone came dressed as Kylie to a charity dress up day. Subsequently, when I lost my first tooth in summer 1990 and received 20p, I used it to buy a Kylie badge.

I think, I grew out of Kylie and Jason; but this weekend is about nostalgia.

Circus playlist

Circus is the prompt for this week’s 6 word story. #6wordstory

1. At the Western Park exhibition, I learnt that For the benefit of Mr Kite was about a circus performer. I can not recall hearing, so I got Alexa to play. The intro does not immediately, make me think of circus. Later there are jingly bits, that sound like music may hear at a circus. Talks about trampoling, men of horses, hoops and fire. It talks of how Mr Kite performs at three at Fishergate.I looked up Fishergate, there seems to be one in Preston but Liverpool, so not sure where that comes from.

Alexa then got a little stuck thinking of songs about circuses or clowns. But once google and had titles she could play.

2. I found Brittany Spears has a song called circus. She talks about being the ring leader, performer and fire cracker; how all eyes are on her in the centre of the ring and when she cracks the whip….

3. Circus Money by Walter Becker. Alexa could play like this. It talks about tiger sleeping and can’t wake up.

4. Cirque da rue by Plain White Tees. Alexa refused to play this despite several attempts; may have been my pronunciation. I turned to YouTube instead. It talks of pretty girls being cut in half to make us laugh.

Of course the Greatest Showman is a film about circus, so whole soundtrack could be in playlist.

5. The soundtrack starts with Greatest Show. It is very dramatic. Ladies and gentlemen this is moment been waiting for. It is fire, it is freedom. Do not know why Alexa did not suggest it, seen as had her play it before!

Are you any better than Alexa at suggestions?

Edinburgh Music 1

Last night I attended the recording of Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo’s show in Edinburgh they discussed famous Edinburgh musicians. Here is a link to the show:

The Proclaimer’s featured providing a couple of sound bites. Additionally their song Edinburgh streets was played. They also have a song Sunshine in Leith; Leith is an area of Edinburgh which I have been going through on a bus most days. Not sure whether perhaps their, most famous song I would’nt walk 500miles, is about Edinburgh.

Also during the show a band I did not recognise name of, but am subsequently, learning I recognise songs from were played; Waterboys.

Other Edinburgh musicians that may or may not have been mentioned are; Baycity Rollers, KT Tunstal, Idlewild, Shirley Manson from Garbage, Finlay Quaye and Edwina Collins. More Edinburgh musicians is likely to be played on Jo Whiley and Simon Mayo’s show during this week as they continue to record in Edinburgh.

The Blossom’s played live; they are from Stockport near Manchester.

Former Blue Peter presenters were also on the show.

Music Scavanger 2

A CD with a Z in title or artist name.

The band the Zutons who’s name is also included in the album title. The Zutons originally penned Valerie; made famous by Any Whitehouse.

CD with key on cover

Multiple keys on Oasis Single; Let there be love. B sides are Sittin’ Here in Silence (on my own) and Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Live at City of Manchester Stadium July 05).

CD with animal on cover 

A crocodile

On the cover of Beady Eye album; Liam Gallagher’s post Oasis band which is now also disembanded as he embarks on his solo career.

CD with girl on cover 

Two girls on Drugdealer Cheerleader cover. My favourite Drugdealer cheerleader song Fireworks is the first track on this album.

CD with star on cover

There was a star on the cover of Drugdealer Cheerleader album with the girls on. 

This Oasis single also had lots of Stars on.

The single Somgbird has the B sides (You’ve got) the heart of a star and Columbia live.

CD with gold letters

I could not find anything with fully gold letters on, but the letters on this T. rex best of are outlined in gold. Another cover with stars on.

Music Scavanger

I love looking through people’s bookcases at books and CDS vinyl etc…, in case you do to here is virtual peak at mine. Feel free to answer the questions yourself and put link to yours in my comments so I can peek at your book case.

1) Find a book for each letter of name or initials which ever want.

S = Soapbox by The Crookes
A = A Guide to Love, Loss & Desperation by Wombats

R = Roll with It by Oasis. Roll with it the single with B sides It’s better people, Rockin’ Chair and Live Forever (live at Glastonbury 95)

A = Americaina by Offspring which was often on repeat play as a teenager.
2) Count your age along cd rack / records; what is it?
Oops a CD I burned: Closer by Kings of Leon.

3) Pick a music with link to your city/country.
The Crookes is a band that formed in Sheffield. The name Crookes is an area of Sheffield.

4) Pick a music that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

This free cd from a newspaper includes a few places I would like to travel to: I would like to travel ‘Half the world away’ to Syndney, Australia to see street art ‘Wonderwalls’ there. Married with children seems a good destination.

5) Pick a cd / record that is your favourite colour.

I like the blues on this cd cover.

6) Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Even though I have not got a cassette player, I have kept Be Here Now as a momento.

I looked forward to this coming out in 2007 but, I also knew it was coming out whilst I was on a family holiday in Spain. Luckily boy is next door cottage had a copy so hanging on balcony got a sneak preview. I bought it on the ferry on the way back.

On 30Sep2007 for my first big gig I saw Oasis on the Be Here Now tour emerge from a red phone box in the centre of the stage.

Thank you for the inspiration, hope inspires others too!

My Life In Books

Is it Shakespeare’s birthday today?

As it is unclear when Shakespeare was born, the party 🎉 continues untill anniversary of his christening on 26th April.

Most people would say yesterday. But there is no official record of his birth. The nearest there is, is record of his christening on 26th April. In those times generally babies were christened 3 days after birth due to high infant mortality. Maybe Shakespeare was christened day he was born or day after?


To be safe to the party 🎉 continues untill 26th April.

Still time to:

Comment on the party as regards favourite Shakespeare play. Currently Macbeth is looking like the favourite; do you agree or disagree.

Taka quiz to see what Shakespearean character you are.

Can you come up with a playlist of Shakesperean themed songs for example Stay or Hello by Shakespeare sister and Romeo by Basement Jaxx.


Or write a post about anything you like connected to Shakespeare and post link in party 🎉 comments. For example, favourite Shakespeare inspired film, reviews of performances have seen or imagined conversations with Shakespeare characters. Or comment why Shakespeare overrated, should it be taught in school, if so how?

Click link below to enter the party.

Shakespeare blog party continuing untill 26th April